Broadband News

Another 28 exchanges with partial Gfast ultrafast broadband coverage pods keep going live and some of these have been hanging off the side of the relevant green street cabinet for a number of months before people were able to place an order. The list of exchanges in alphabetical order is:

  • Aberdeen Ashgrove
  • Alloa
  • Armley
  • Badsey
  • Beamish
  • Bell (Glasgow) (*)
  • Codsall
  • Connahs Quay
  • Cowley
  • East Grinstead
  • Eccleston
  • Greenhithe
  • Hereford (*)
  • Hythe
  • Kidlington
  • Mickleton
  • Newton Aycliffe (*)
  • Northwich
  • Norton (*)
  • Perth
  • Ringway
  • Ruislip
  • Spencers Wood (*)
  • Staines (*)
  • Stirling
  • Swadlincote
  • Tayport

(*) the search for live pods is not complete, we expect to find more on these exchanges in the next few days.

As usual the map is in the process of being updated but the postcodes covered are in our package search.

The number of live pods we know about is 6,969 spread across 422 exchanges and with a 100 Mbps minimum speed criteria this means is available to some 1,880,478 premises. We have some 22,178 premises flagged as having Openreach FTTP and available, which is almost all down to the Fibre First exchanges.


Hereford? good grief, I am shocked, I i am surprised BTOR knows this city exists.

Gfast is not all that great anyway, just another hybrid cheap BTOR rubbish.

  • zyborg47
  • 4 months ago

Yep, I agree Gfast are rubbish and a waste of money

  • adslmax
  • 4 months ago

GFast is performing very well on Think Broadband testing. Better than some highly trumpeted FTTH services.

  • RandomJointer
  • 4 months ago

@RandomJointer, yes no doubt if you live almost on top of the cabinet. if not then then it is about as useful as a bucket with a hole in it.
Typical UK to be honest, lets just do stuff as cheap as possible and make hybrids.

not that it bothers me as i have no need for higher speeds, even if it was available to me I would not pay more for a higher speed, 35Mb/s a second is fine, it is the reliability that is the problem.

Someone said BT stands for Bloated Toad and they are correct.

  • zyborg47
  • 4 months ago

So you would like BT to fit extremely expensive retro builds that you are not going to buy anyway. Interesting.

  • RandomJointer
  • 4 months ago

@RandomJointer Sadly it seems that some people never tire of repeating their often ill-informed mantra.

  • MCM999
  • 4 months ago

I have an FTTC connection that is more than sufficient for my current needs. I would however be tempted to upgrade to an ultrafast line in order to benefit from higher upload speeds. That said, the speeds offered by G.Fast would easily meet my needs for the foreseeable future, can't envisage needing FTTP speeds anytime soon.


  • New_Londoner
  • 4 months ago

Noting the above, I'd rather have access to G.Fast quickly than wait for an extended period for FTTP. In my experience most people do not care about the medium used to connect them as long as the connection meets their needs, availability and affordability trumping all other considerations.

Don't make good the enemy of perfect by insisting on FTTP for its own sake.

  • New_Londoner
  • 4 months ago

@RandomJointer, no, what I want is a service that will work with with any router so I do not have to keep a modem in place. it seems as if BTOR don't know how to fix their own network, since they have no idea what so ever why I can only sync to their network via a Huawei based modem. even the zyxel router Plusnet sent me now don't connect at all, where it did for a couple of weeks, so it has to go thorough the modem

If BTOR can not sort that out, then I fial to see how will be any better. I would go back to ADSL if I lived closer to the exchange.

  • zyborg47
  • 4 months ago

That has to be the most curious argument against GFast I have heard so far.

  • RandomJointer
  • 4 months ago

I never said I was against

  • zyborg47
  • 4 months ago

Actually you did argue against G.Fast in your first post - “Gfast is not all that great anyway, just another hybrid cheap BTOR rubbish”.

  • New_Londoner
  • 4 months ago

@New_Londoner, ah, but I never said i was against it, just saying that it is just another cheap BTOR hybrid rubbish, like FTTC.
The problem is both systems are running cables where some are 40 years old or older.

  • zyborg47
  • 4 months ago

You can add Stepps, outside of Glasgow to the list. My is due for install in a couple of weeks (Cabinet 15).

  • fatjez
  • 3 months ago

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